Cut the carbs! I’m on a low carb diet!
Many people who are on a weight loss expedition view carbohydrates, (CH2O) n, as their enemy simply because excess carbohydrate consumption has been linked to weight gain (the bulge).
Love it or hate it, carbohydrates should not be completely excluded from the diet because carbs:
– Provides us with a source of energy. They produce energy for the brain and nervous system
– Is used as a storage medium. Animals and humans store excess carbs as glycogen whereas, plants store excess carbs as starch.
– Provides stability and structural integrity to the plant cell walls, in the form of cellulose. Cellulose is comprised of strong resilient fibres and is polymer of beta- D- glucose. Humans cannot digest (breakdown) cellulose because we lack the beta (1-4) linkage.
– Provide raw material for the production for biomolecules, i.e., carbs in the form of ribose is important in the formation of nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA.